Ahimsa Times December 2009 Issue - www.jainsamaj.org
Vol. No. 114
" Every soul is independent, None depends on another, None is superior or inferior
Every soul is in itself absolutely omniscient and blissful, The bliss does not come from outside
All human beings are miserable due to their own faults
They themselves can be happy by correcting these faults"
- Mahaveer -
'INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT IS A SOCIAL CRIME'- SAID SRIMAD ACHARYA VIJAY MAHARAJ SAHEB - Ahmedabad:"There was a time when knowledge was imparted freely. Unfortunately, today, knowledge has become highly commercialised," lamented Srimad Acharya Vijay Yugbhushan Surishwarji Maharaj Saheb also known as Pandit Maharaja, while inaugurating the Jyot exhibition. The Acharya was addressing the devotees and knowledge seekers who flocked the 11-day exhibition presenting fundamental knowledge of Jainism in scientific manner, at SG Highway.
"No intellectual property rights or patent or royalty was demanded by the past generations for imparting traditional knowledge. However, today people demand patent and royalty for the innovations which is not very different from the traditional knowledge," said Pandit Maharaja. He also added that intellectual property right is a social exploitation of society. According to Pandit Maharaja the aim of organising the exhibition is to spread knowledge about the fundamentals of the Jainism.
'Jyot' showcases the various stages of development of the mankind. "The exhibition is not for entertainment but for the enlightenment of mankind," said Pandit Maharaja. Panyas Shilratnasurishwarji Maharaj Saheb, who was also present in the exhibition said, "Lack of knowledge is mother of all kind of sins in the world." The Jain community should organise such exhibitions at least once in two or three years.
BIOGRAPHIES OF THREE GREAT JAIN SAINTS ON WIKIPEDIA
Biographies of three Stalwarts of Jainism are now available on Wikipedia, who exerted great influence during their times: Hiravijaya Suri – Influenced Emperor Akbar, who converted to vegetarianism for most of the days and give up hunting and fishing his favorite pastimes. He issued firm an—of banning slaughter of animals during Paryushan in Gujarat which is still in existence in Gujarat and was referred to by the Supreme Court. www.en.wikipedia.org Upadhayaya Yasovijay Gani–The monk-philosopher who mastery in Navya-Nyaya logic was unrivalled. He is considered as spiritual heir of Haribhadra Suri and authored around 100 texts on diverse subjects. www.en.wikipedia.org Muni Jambuvijayaji- One of the greatest scholars amongst the Jain monks. He was known for his pioneering work in research, cataloging and translations of Jain Agamas and ancient texts. www.en.wikipedia.org Source: Wikipedia. Courtesy: Mr. Anish, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
ACHARYA DR. SHIV MUNI FELICITATES DR. RAJENDRA MUNI ON HIS 56TH BIRTH DAY
In a very impressive gathering in Delhi of saints & shravaks of Sthanakwasi Sect, 56th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Rajendra Muni ( Up Pravartak Shraman Sangh ) was celebrated on 20th December at Navkar Teerth, Ghevra Mor, Near Mahavideh Kshetra, Delhi. On this occasion, celebration program of Parshwanth Bhagwan Janm Kalyanak was also organised. Acharya Shri of Sharman Sangh Dr. Shiv Muni blessed the programme by his personal presence. Navakar Teerth is being constructed with the blessings of Dr. Rajendra Muni, Uppadhaya Ramesh Muni, Yua Manish Shri Surendera Muni. Programme was also attended by Ravinder Muni, Kamal Muni, Ram Muni, Tarak Muni, Shirish Muni, Deepesh Muni, & Group of Sadhvis namely, Vimla Shriji, Sarita Shriji, Ramesh Kumariji, Rashmi Shriji, Divya Prabhaji & Others. Shri Ashok Kumar Kothari, H-158, Ashok Vihar, Phase - I, Delhi shouldered the responsibility of financing the entire programme running over eight days. Dr. Rajendra Muni thanked Mr. Anil Jain, Ahimsa Foundation & other office bearers of Navakar Teerth for organising this event. ( Photo-Dr. Shiv Muni offering Chaddar to Dr. Rajendra Muni on the occasion of his 56th birth anniversary )
MOKSHA KALYANAK BHAGWAN ADHINATH - ASHTAPAD TEERTH
Ashtapad Teerth Jain Mandir will celebrate Bhagwan Adinath Moksha Kalyanak on 14th January 2010 on the auspicious day of Makar Sakranti. This beautiful place is just 60 km. from Delhi on National Highway No. 8, connecting to Delhi - Jaipur. Ashtapad Teerth is known for the tallest statue (27th Ft. in sitting posture) of Bhagwan Adinath in the world. On this day of Makar Sakranti Sun changes its direction from south to north. This is also the day of Bhagwan Adinath Moksha Kalyanak. Pt. Dharam Chand Shashtri, the renowned Pratishthacharya and Founder Trustee of Ashtapad Teerth Trust will conduct the programme which is expected to be attended by devotees from around the world. For more information you can speak to Pt. Dharam Chand Shastri on Mob No. 93-128-37240 or Sh. A. K. Jain (Mobile No. 98-100-46108).
ACHARYA VIJAY NITYANAND SURIJI OPENS HASTINAPUR "ASHTAPAD TEERTHA"
A new chapter was scripted in the history of Jain Religion at Hastinapur ( Hastinapur is situated at a distance of 110 kms from Delhi ) when the extinct Ashtappad Teerth again came into being at Hastinapur on December 2nd. This colossal, historic and inimitable archetype of architecture Ashtapad Teertha-was inaugurated by Acharya Srimad Vijay Nityanand Suriji at a function held at Hastinapur. With the height of 151 feet, the structure of Ashtapad Teertha has four entrances. The diameter of the structure is 108 feet. Each of the eight padas is 108 feet high. The construction of this awesome, fascinating marvel of architecture Ashtapad Teertha will be a big pilgrimage attraction.
The nine-day-long grand inaugural function of Ashtapad Teertha comprised of variety of programmes pertaining to spiritualism and religion. Acharya Nityanand Suriji said that with the construction of this Teertha, not only a sense of co-existence, peace, unity in diversity, based on philosophy of Jainism, will be infused into the people, but Bharatiya culture and ethos will also be propagated. The construction of Ashtapad Teertha has been completed after continuous work of twenty years and at a cost of about Rs 25 crore.
Legend has it that Ashtapad is situated somewhere among the snow-clad Himalayan peaks, about 168 miles north from Badrinath on the way to Mount Kailash. It is about seven miles from Mansarovar. Thousands of years ago the first Teerthankara Bhagwan Rishabhdev attained nirvana here. In his memory, his son Maharaja Bharat Chakravarti constructed a diamond-studded palace on Ashtapad Mountains. It is believed that Ashtapada got its name as there are eight steps to be climbed to reach the mountain. A detailed description of Ashtapad can be found in Shatrujany Mahatmya Granth. According to Shastras, 24th Tirthankar Bhagwan Mahavir Swami told his disciple Shri Gautam Swami that whoever undertakes pilgramage to Ashtapad, attains moksha. Hence, Shri Gautam Swami had undertaken pilgrimages to Ashtapada through his special powers. Siddhastavan Sutra has the description of the order in which the idols are found on the Ashtapad Mountains. They were installed in four rows of four, eight, ten and two. More description of Ashtapada Teertha is also given in Trishashti-shalakapurushchartra of Hemchandracharya.
The pious and historic Hastinapur assumes significance, as it is the birthplace of Bhagwan Rishabhdev. This is the Pavitra-bhoomi of 16th, 17th and 18th Teethankars, who took birth, diksha and gyan. This is also the punyabhoomi of 19th Teerthankar. Hastinapur is dharmabhoomi of 20th, 23rd and 24th (Bhagwan Mahavir) Teerthankars. Hastinapur was the capital of the Kauravas and the Pandvas in the times of the Mahabharat. This was the birthplace of six of the twelve Chakravartis beginning with Chakravarty Bharat. This is also the birthplace of Parashuram of the times of the Ramayana. In fact, words fail to describe the grandeur of this place which is made holy by the births of great men and its land made pious by their touch. According to the Digambar sect, the great tradition of Rakshahandhan or Shravani Poonam started here. Thus according to the Jain traditions and history, many Tirthutaras, Chakravaratis, Great Sadhus, the Omniscient souls, ascetics, Shravakas and Shravikas are associated to this ancient and sacred land.
HONOUR / AWARDS
HEMANT JAIN JOINS LEO BURNETT AS Executive Director
Hemant Jain has joined the board Leo Burnett, Mumbai as Executive Director. He moves from Wieden+Kennedy, London. He was earlier with the W+K Amsterdam office. A writer-cum-art director, Jain’s distinct style has won countless number of international awards and recognition from Cannes Gold and Clio to One Show, D&AD, Abby and AAAI. Apart from doing stand-out advertising for clients such as Nokia India, Jain is also an activist lending his skills to augment multiple social causes in India. In India earlier he worked for O&M, Leo Burnett and Rediffussion Y&R.
Shri Tej Karan Surana has been elected as President of Anuvrat Vishwa Bharati (Anuvibha) for a period of two years. Making this announcement, Shri Mohan Bhai, Founder of Anuvibha mentioned that Shri Surana has contributed greatly in the development of this institution. He has so far organised 75 conferences and seminars. He belongs to Churu in Rajasthan.
Shri Suresh Jain from Bhopal has been honoured as "Samaj Ratna" by Shrut Samvardhan Sansthan at Shrawan Bel Gola with the advice of Upadhyay Ratna Shri Gyan Sagar Ji maharaj, belonging to Jain Digambar sect. Shri Jain has contributed greatly in the fields of ecology, personality development and Jainism. The award consists of a sum of Rs. 51,000/-, shawl and a memento.
VIVEK JAIN WINS ROYAL WESTERN INDIA TURF CLUB ELECTIONS
Mumbai: Vivek Jain polled in the highest number of votes at the Royal Western India Turf Club elections held at the Mahalaxmi Race Course premises. On a day which saw over 1082 members caste their votes, Jain topped the list with 887 while Jaydev M Mody came second with 791. Vivek Jain will take charge as the chairman of the RWITC and also remain the head of marketing, a post which he has been holding till now. Incidentally, his taking over as chairman will mark the first time that a son has succeeded a chair which his father had held in the past. Vivek's father Shashi Chand Jain had also been a RWITC chairman.
SONA JAIN AWARDED AT SINGAPORE FILM FESTIVAL
Debutant film director Sona Jain's feature film has won four awards at the Asian Festival of First Films in Singapore. Starring child actors Zoya S Hassan, Sriharsh Sharmam and Sarita Choudhury, the film has been written and produced by Jain. It tells the story of a family living in New Delhi seen through the eyes of a six-year old girl. Awards offered were best actress award for Hassan, best actor for Sharmam, best screenplay and best producer for Jain. The fest concluded on December 4. The panel of judges who chose the film unanimously included Chris Lee, president of production, Columbia-Tristar Pictures, Australian Film Director Anna Kokkinos and Bollywood director Kabir Khan. Jain graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and also has a masters in Fine Arts . Her student short film Vasarma's Lovers was also a hit in the international film festival circuit.
PROF. TATER NOMINATED “VICE PRESIDENT OF AKHIL BHARTIYA DARSHAN PARISHAD
Prof. (Dr.) Sohan Raj Tater, former Vice Chancellor of Singhania University, has been nominated “Vice President of Akhil Bhartiya Darshan Parishad. ABDP is a very old institution of Philosophy. He has also been bestowed with several other awards recently for his valuable services:
(1) “Indira Gandhi Rastriya Ekta Award” on 19 November 2009 at New Delhi.
(2) “Jain Gyan Vigyan Manishi” given by Jain Digamber Samaj on 23 November at Udaipur (Raj.).
(3) “Gem of Yoga” given by University of Lucknow on 29 November at Lucknow(U.P.).
CONFERENCES & EVENTS
NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF INTELLECTUALS - VISHWA JAIN SANGATHAN, DELHI
National Conference of Intellectuals was organised by Vishwa Jain Sangathan on 22nd November 2009 in the holy presence of Pujya Muni Shri 108 Chinmay Sagar ji Maharaj (Jungle Wale Baba) Shisya of Pujya Aacharya Shri 108 Vidhya Sagar Ji Maharaj At: Speaker Hall, Constitution Club, Bithal Bhai Patel House, Rafi Marg, New Delhi-110001. A number of intellectuals, Judges, Advocates and other persons from different communities from Delhi & other states participated in the conference. Sunjay Jain, President, Vishwa Jain Sangathan, Mob #: 09312278313.
WORKSHOP ON MANUSCRIPTLOGY AND PALEOGRAPHY, ORGANIZED BY BLII
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology in collaboration with National Mission for Manuscript, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi is organizing a National Workshop on Manuscriptology and Palaeography from 20th December 2009 to 10th January 2010. Inaugural Function will be held on 20th December 2009 under the aegis of Prof. Vachaspati Upadahyaya, Vice-Chancellor, Lal Bahadur Shastri Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi. On this occasion Prof. Radha Vallabh Tripathi, Vice-Chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi, will deliver key note address. Mrs. The programme is expected to be attended by more than 35 participants from all over India.
Prof. G. C. Tripathi, Prof. Satkari Mukhopadhyaya, Dr. K. K. Chakrtaborty, Prof. S. P. Narang, Dr. J. B. Shah, Prof. Shri Prakash Pandey, Dr. V. S. Shukla, Dr. Balaji Ganorkar, Dr. A. K. Singh, Dr. Preetiben Pancholi, Dr. Uttam Singh will deliver the lectures in the course of workshop. The Prakrit Manuscripts will be focused in this workshop. The method of conservation and preservation, transliteration, collation, preparation of critical edition and editing as well as cataloguing of the manuscripts etc will also be covered during the 21 days programmes. This is the first attempt in which the Manuscripts of Prakrit Language will be taken as the theme. The valedictory function will be addressed by noted indologist Prof. Gayacharan Tripathi, Ex-Head, Kala Kosha, IGNCA on 10th January 2010.
TERAPANTH MARYADA MAHOTSAVA-2010 TO BE HELD AT DUNGARGARH IN JANUARY, 2010 ( मर्यादा महोत्सव - डूंगरगड - जनवरी , २०१०) - युग प्रधान आचार्य श्री महा प्रज्ञा जी. के. पावन सानिध्य में १४६ वां मर्यादा महोत्सव २०-२१-२२ जनवरी २०१० में आप की उपस्तिथि हेतु सादर निवेदन. आचार्य श्री महा प्रज्ञा जी प्रवास व्वस्था समिति. हम आने वाले सभी बंधुओ का हार्दिक स्वागत करते है. हम श्री डूंगर गढ़ में सभी यात्रा समंधी सुविधा देते है. हमारी सेवाए निम्न है: कार टेक्सी, रेल टिकेट, एयर टिकेट, बस बुकिंग, ग्रुप एवं संघ पिक एंड ड्रॉप सुविधा, फ्रॉम एयर पोर्ट और रेलवे स्टेशन, निवेदक : तेज प्रकाश सिंह 9928103407, हेमेन्द्र सिंह 9001811043.
GRAND EXHIBITION ON JAIN SCRIPTURES AT MUMBAI
December 3, 2009, "Jyot" an exhibition is a journey into knowledge and a very rare opportunity to change the course of life, said Acharya Dev Yugbhushan Suriswaraji Maharaj Saheb, also known as Nana Pandit Maharaj, the inspirational source of the grand exhibition. The knowledge to be exhibited during the 11-day exhibition called 'Jyot' is stored in the Jain scriptures. However, there is a need to make these scriptures relevant to the modern times. The followers of Jainism believe in the concept of 'Gyanpanchami', which means worshipping knowledge. The exhibition too is nothing but worshipping knowledge. The exhibition is based on the intrinsic knowledge stored in the religious scriptures.
JAIN STUDIES & RESEARCH
RESEARCHERS CLOSE TO FINDING MYTHICAL MOUNTAIN MENTIONED IN JAIN EPICS
Research teams formed by LD Institute of Indology and US-based Jain Centre have identified 5 places in Himalayas, one of which could be the place where Tirthankar Adinath Rishabhdev attained nirvana. For several decades, the mystery location of Ashtapada mountain in the Himalayas — where Jainism’s first Tirthankar Adinath Rushabhdev is believed to have attained enlightenment and died thousands of years ago, has puzzled Jains. Now, researchers have slowly begun to solve this enigma. Three research teams formed by LD Institute of Indology and US-based New York Jain Centre have identified five places in the Himalayas, mostly in the region close to Mount Kailash, that match description of Ashtapada mountain in Jain scriptures. Tirthankar Rushabhdev, according to studies carried out by the teams, could have died after attaining liberation at any of the five places. The three teams comprised researchers, ISRO and PRL scientists, a Jain muni and historians.
Interestingly, the research teams not only studied Jain scriptures and analysed satellite images, but also visited parts of the Himalayas across the Indian border in China. The visits were made in 2006, 2007 and earlier this year. The teams clicked pictures and compared them with existing anecdotal evidence. In all, they identified 10 probable places of Ashtapada mountain. Of these, they zeroed in on five, Dharma King Norsang; 13 Drengung Chorten; Nandi; a place known as Commonly-visited Ashtapad and Shiv Sthal. All research and exploration work was carried out under Ashtapad Research Foundation, a body formed by New York Jain Centre and LD Institute of Indology. The Jain centre bankrolled the exploration part of the research. The centre has published 19 volumes spread over 8,522 pages on the religious significance and mystery of Ashtapada mountain. The place near Mount Kailash where he attained nirvana remains a mystery, with many studies yielding different hypotheses.
MADRAS UNIVERSITY OFFERS REGULAR COURSES IN JAINISM
The department of Jainology was established in the university of Madras in 1983 on the eve of 125th year of establishment of the university. It was inaugurated by the President of India, Giani Zail Singh. The department was established as an Endowment Department by the Research Foundation for Jainology but is now a regular department in the mainstream. The primary objective of the department is to promote study and research in every branch of Jain studies and assessing the contribution of the Jain religion to different languages and cultures. The department offers M.A. in Jain Studies and Ph. D in Jain Studies. The main Faculty Members are Dr. Priyadarshana Jain, Dr. Jayantilal Jain and Dr. Nirmala Baradia. For more information, please contact: Dr. Priyadarshana Jain E- Mail: email@example.com
JAIN WRITERS PIONEERS OF GUJARATI WRITING
AHMEDABAD: Gujarati language emerged out of Jain tradition. Jain saints and the tradition of writing pioneered the development of Gujarati language and literature. The first phase of Gujarati literature, generally claimed from the 12th century to the early 15th century, was dominated by Jain authors. The oldest ‘rasa’ poem of 1185 ‘Bharatesvara-bahubali Rasa’ was by Shalibhadra Sur, a Jain saint.
“Rasa, originally a folk dance which slowly acquired the features of dramatic presentation, was adopted by Jain authors in long narratives divided in short parts. The themes of the ‘rasas’ are legends associated with Jain saints. The period is dominated almost exclusively by the Jain poets,” wrote Sisir Kumar Das in ‘The History of Indian Literature 500-1399’, published by Sahitya Academy, Delhi. Another great influence on Gujarati language was Jain saint Hemchandracharya, whose writings are known as Gurjara Apabhramsa. The specimens of the Apabhramsa are to be found in the Prakrit grammar of Hemchandracharya (1088-1172), the great Jain monk. He lived during the reign of Siddhraj and Kumarpal, both kings of Solanki dynasty.
“In Hemchandracharya’s great work, we can spot the Gujarati writings very clearly. In many ways the Jain saints were pioneers for Gujarati language,” says Kumarpal Desai, Jain scholar. Hemchandracharya also collected many ‘dohas’ in ‘apabhramsa’ as illustrations of different forms of poetry which are generally considered as part of the protohistory of Gujarati literature. “The Jain tradition of writing helps a lot in formation of Gujarati language. They were pioneers,” says eminent writer of Gujarati language and Padma Shri Bholabhai Patel. “Even today, Jain granths have manuscripts of more than 1400 writers. All manuscripts are kept in protected ‘bhandars’ as these are great source of knowledge,” adds Desai.
JAIN-ISMS TO BE DEMYSTIFIED IN GUJARATI GLOSSARY BY LD INSTITUTE
AHMEDABAD: If you do not understand concepts like santhara', paryushan' maha sati', or maharaj saheb' terms that are part of a typical Jain lifestyle which commonly would be fast-unto-death, penance, woman monk and a sadhu, respectively, the LD Institute of Indology is on a monumental project to create a glossary of these words . Jain scholars are getting together to make this exclusive glossary or terminology in which they will interpret the word based on Jain etymology, tradition and spirituality." It is a huge project and will take time to complete. The glossary will be in Gujarati language. LD Institute of Indology remains one of the main centre of Jain Studies since 1963. Muni Shri Punyavijayji and Kasturbhai Lalbhai are the pioneers of the conception and execution of the LD Institute of Indology. Punyavijayji had given to the institute the rich collection of 9,000 manuscripts. A magnificent building for housing the manuscripts safely has been built. The institute has already collected nearly 75,000 manuscripts, covering a wide range of subjects.
DEMAND OF MINORITY STATUS FOR JAINS WORTHY: RSS CHIEF
“Jains are demanding minority status on national level. This demand is worth” This statement is from the RSS supreme Mohan Bhagwat. In a function held at Godiji Parshwanath Mandir of Pune, Bhagwat said that Jains should get national minority status as soon as possible. He was speaking on a question raised by Shripal Lalwani, a member of Arihant Jagruti Munch of Pune. The question was, “If Buddhists and Sikhs have got national minority status, why Jain community yet has not gotten it in spite of a long time demand?” Bhagwat’s statement given in front of public is very important as Hindutwa people, including some so-called Jains have been always opposed to the minority status of Jain community. Courtesy : Mahavir Sanglikar, 0962 372 5249.
NARESH JAIN ARRESTED FOR HAWALA TRADE
Authorities suspect Naresh Jain is actively involved in international Hawala Transactions with underworld. He is suppose to be associated with criminals ranging from British gangsters to Al-Qaeda members. He was arrested by detectives from India's Narcotics Control Bureau and accused of laundering the proceeds of drugs trafficking. His activities were tracked by detectives in Britain, United States, Italy and Dubai. Detectives described Jain as one of the world's biggest money lenders who, along with his associates, was believed to operate a multi billion dollor worth money-laundering schemes. Mr Jain has denied all the charges, claiming that he is a legitimate businessman who is being framed. Jain was also arrested in Dubai in 2007 for breaking the emirate's foreign exchange laws, but was released the following year and returned to India.
'BLACK BRITISHERS' MODI'S NEW TERM FOR PSEUDO-SECULARS
AHMEDABAD: ‘Black Britishers’ in the country who claim secular credentials are really pseudo-seculars' killing Indian culture and traditions, said Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Modi was speaking during the mega ‘Gyan Mahotsav Jyot', an exhibition of Jain philosophy and teachings on SG Highway in Ahmedabad. Targeting them, Modi said, "The hundred of years of defending the country from outside forces and later colonialization by the Britishers created such perversion in minds that we have stopped believing in our pristine form of Indian traditions." According to him, people now need to knock the doors of Supreme Court to ban cow slaughter in a country where cows are referred to as mother'. "Even though the state government won the case, why do we need to go so far for protecting our culture?" . The court battle for banning cow slaughter during the month-long Paryushan Parva of jains evinced a strong reaction from Modi. "Even for shutting down the slaughter houses during Paryushan, we have to approach the Supreme court. This is wastage of public money as it involves hiring lawyers incurring a lot of expense to the state government. The cows are not meant to be butchered, they should be used judiciously". The COP15 summit which kicked off in Copenhagen was also at centre of discussion at the meet. Jain monks present on the occasion urged the world leaders of 193 countries to take a lesson out of Jain philosophy which believes in co-existence with nature without exploiting natural resources. Modi said, "Western countries can get the answer for dealing with global warming by understanding the inherent Indian culture."
THEFT AT JAIN TEMPLE IN BUNDI DISTRICT OF RAJASTHAN
Two Idols of Lord Parshavnath made of ashtadhatu (eight metals), one gold parasol, 11 silver parasols and other valuables were stolen from a Jain temple in Rajasthan's Bundi district. The incident took place on the 26th November, 09 at Hindoli city, about 202 km from Jaipur. A case has been registered against unidentified persons in Hindoli police station.
PAVEMENTS DEMANDED BY JAINS AFTER DEATH OF JAIN MONKS IN ROAD ACCIDENTS
Mumbai, One Jain monk and four nuns have been killed in road accidents this month in Mumbai alone. Jains are especially vulnerable as they believe that every organism has a potentially divine soul. They are forbidden from killing any living thing and must watch carefully that they do not crush insects underfoot. Sagarchadra Sagar Maharaj, of the Walkeshwar Jain temple in Mumbai, said: “We have asked that footpaths be made along highways and expressways.” Another member of the city’s Jain community told a local newspaper: “Over 80 [Jain monks and nuns] have died in accidents in the past three years. It is high time that something is done.” The calls were backed by Krishnaraj Rao, of Sahasi Padyatri — the Movement for Brave Pedestrians—a veteran campaigner for pavements in Mumbai. “Footpaths are virtually non-existent, even in the most densely populated areas of this city, and walking along our highways is a very risky enterprise. Even to get to a bus stop a pedestrian has to risk their life,” he said. “Devotees of all communities go on pilgrimage on foot. Footpaths along highways will be good for all of them.”
PROBLEMS BEFORE JAIN COMMUNITY - A LETTER ADDRESSED TO MAHAVIR SANGLIKAR
You have raised some of the Fundamental issues in front of Jain Community around the world. In present day Scientific and Technological Global Village, we need to go forward towards Solution of the present day `world issues' vs Petty Issues living in the bygone Past with Outdated Traditions. Our Main and Fundamental Principle of `NON-VIOLENCE' - `AHINSA', `AHINSA PARAMO DHARMA' is ignored in the world full of Wars and Violence, Cruelty, Global Warming, Poverty, Ignorance, Illiteracy, Unemployment, etc. We need to join hands with progressive forces actively pursuing the Futuristic Agenda. Here lies the Solution of All Problems facing JAINS, gradually edging towards extinction. If Jains do not remain Jains due to Inter-Religious/ Racial marriages, etc., we will continue to go down in Numbers. We need to be Inclusive, Not Divisive and/or Exclusive, due to Sectarianism. Money, ignoring the Qualitative Practicing Jains, should give way to Humanitarian/Non-Violent Way of Life for A Peaceful and Prosperous World of Future. `Frog in the Well' mentality and Hair-splitting Dogmatic, Out-dated Ritualistic and Traditional pursuits, and Vested Interest Leadership need to be replaced, sooner than later. This needs Courage and Conviction. Feeble Minds are smothered by Powerful Entrenched Organized Cliques of Leadership and Gurus. This is not an easy task, yet worth pursuing. This is A Thought, Neither A Sermon, Nor Idealism. The Youth are in the Vanguard. It is die-hard Realism. It is A CHALLENGE. `YES, WE CAN'. Sincerely, Fakirchand J. Dalal, 9001 Good Luck Road, Lanham, Maryland 20706, U.S.A. Phone:
301-577-5215, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWLY PUBLISHED BOOKS
ENLIGHTENED KNOWLEDGE: By Dr. Sohan Raj Tater, Price: Rs. 790/- Readyworthy Publications Pvt. Ltd. A-18, Mohan Garden, Near Nawada Metro Station, New Delhi. Knowledge is specific to human beings and self-reflection is an important step towards self- realization. Such reflection or knowledge is enlightenment. Various philosophical traditions of the world have tried to understand the nature of knowledge and its power of enlightenment. This book discusses at length the nature of knowledge and its enlightening power as explained by different schools of Indian philosophy, with special reference to the tenets and teachings of Jainism.
Prof. (Dr). Sohan Raj Tater (b.1947) is presently Vice President of Akhil Bhartiya Darshan Parishad and former Vice Chancellor of Singhania University, at Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan. Earlier, he served in Public Health Engineering Department as Superintending Engineer in the Government of Rajasthan for about 30 years. He is Honorary Advisor to Jain Vishva Bharati University, Ladnun. A well-known scholar of Jainism, Dr. Tater has to his credit a book, entitled, The Jaina Doctrine of Karma and the Science of Genetics, published early this year, besides a good number of research papers published in national and international journals. He has participated in various seminars and conferences in India and abroad.
Jain Heritage (Hindi) - By Dr. Kapoor Chand Jain & Dr. Mrs. Jyoti Jain ( Mobile NO. 098-96-437271), Price Rs. 30/-. Available from Shri Digamber Jain Lal Mandir Chandni Chowk, Delhi, This book is an attempt to explain Jain culture, history and philosophy to young generation who are always short of time. Topics covered in the book relate to Temples, Rituals Postal Materials, Philosophy Symbols etc. It is really a good collection of information and shall be highly appreciated by persons not familiar with Jainism.
HEART ATTACKS - ALWAYS KEEP ASPIRIN BY YOUR BED SIDE
There are other symptoms of an heart attack besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating, however these symptoms may also occur less frequently. Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack. The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep, did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water. Afterwards, phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by say "heart attack!", - say that you have taken 2 aspirins. - take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and... do NOT lie down... According to Cardiologists , if each person, after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life can be saved! Courtesy: Satyesh.Bhandari@ril.com
SOCIAL WORK FOR DEAF & DUMB SCHOOL BY MRS. SUSHILA BOHRA (JAIN)
Mrs. Sushila Bohra (Jain) is a renowned social worker giving her valuable services for deaf & dumb students at Jodhpur. She is founder president of Netraheen Vikas Sansthan ( A School for Blinds), Bal Shobha Sansthan (An Orphanage home), Samgra Vikas Sansthan (A khadhi Institute), President of Gandhi Peace foundation Center, Founder Honorary Secretary of “ SAMBAL“ (An institute for self employment of women), Managing trustee of Parasmal Sushila Bohra Charitable Trust, Executive Member of Deaf & Dumb School, Navjeewan Sansthan ( A Destitute Home ) and Jodhpur Nagrik Society “Jodhana”. She has remained Honorary member of Rotary Club of Jodhpur as well as that of Mahavir International. She can be contacted at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
HISTORY OF JAINISM
THOUSANDS OF JAINS WERE KILLED IN GOA BY PORTUGESE
In the State of Goa about 250 years ago Kumud Raja was the King at that time. When Portuguese entered Goa the Villagers and people of the Kingdom were asked for conversion into Christianity or there life would be ended. Many of the people changed to Christianity, but majority of all the Jains including Kumud Raja was against these conversions. The priest of that Church called all those people who were against the conversion or who disagreed to convert themselves to Christianity and given them 6 months time to take decision. 6 Months Later, that priest again called all of them who disagreed in converting themselves to Christianity including Kumud Raja and ask them all to assemble in an open ground. They were in total 22,000 in Number and all were Jains. All were surrounded by Tankers. All were Killed. At that time only people following Christianity were left in the Goa. News of these killing spread & reached to the POPE in Italy / Rome. He called that priest immediately for a meeting. when the priest reached there, he was awarded by a promotion with giving him a name "St. Xavier". He was sanctioned a big amount of Money to be invested for his future strategies. His future Strategies were to open Churches at every corner of the country India & each church to have a small school. Both of them were named as him St. Xavier's Church and St. Xavier's School / High School. In Jalianwala Baug, 250 people were killed around 150 years ago. In Goa 22,000 were killed just 250 years ago. It is shocking to learn, why only Jaliawala Baug is included in history and why Goa's incident is ignored. Courtesy: Yashesh A. Jakhelia.
KANNADA FILM PRODUCER CHANDULAL JAIN PASSES AWAY - Popular Kannada film producer Chandulal Jain, who has contributed hit movies like Bhoothayyana Maga Ayyu, Bhaktha Siriyal, Thabbali Ninade Magane, Godhooli, Veerapan, Gangavva Gangamai, Hemavathi, Praya Praya Praya and Bethale Pooje, has passed away on December 17 2009. He was survived by his wife Leela and sons Rajkumar and Rohith. Earlier this year, Chandulal Jain had celebrated his 74th birthday along with his 50th marriage anniversary in January. He had expressed his dream of producing a movie called Videshi on the occasion. He was very dedicated to Kannada film industry. Even Dr. Rajkumar was surprised at his love for Kannada Cinema and had given his call-sheet to him for the hit movie Thaayi Devaru. Mourning his death, producer Govindu said, “Chandulal's death is an unbearable loss to the industry.” Another producer KCN Chandrashekhar said, "Jain's death has created a big void in the industry."
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